Street Atlas Draw File (.an1) All my research since 2007. For use in Street Atlas USA 2008 and above.
Note that there are still some areas that need filling in, such as out in
Newberry, Haile, Hawthorne, etc. If you have anything to add, please contact
me with the location and I'll be glad to add it.
This is a project I'd been meaning to put together since around 2003/4, when
I first had the idea. I'd long wanted to have a sort of database of places
around the county where storm spotters could go to so as to find open views
of the sky from which to observe approaching storms. There are more places
out there to stop and view things than you might actually realize.
In my job with the Census Bureau, I am always travelling about. The job
offers me opportunity to see many places around Florida, many of which I had
never known existed even in my own county. It also happens to give me
opportunity to be on the lookout for places that might make great candidates
for storm spotting. In my travels, I've often stopped alongside the road to
take some photos and/or videos, and jotted down where each spot was located.
Over time, I intended to eventually put together just this very database.
Sometimes being able to see a storm from a distance is important. A spotter's
observations of a storm's external features, coupled with radar indications,
can help a meteorologist make a better determination as to how severe a storm
is becoming. For example, does the tower have a twisted, corkscrewed appearance
indicative of a rotating mesosyclone? Can a wall cloud, or funnel, or tornado
be seen at the base of the storm? Is there a greenish tinge to the storm's
clouds? Does the anvil have a bubbling overhooting top - one which appears and
disappears repeatedly? Is there mammatus on the underside of the anvil? Does
the anvil have a kind of "lip" on it's edge? Sometimes viewing storms from a
distance can still yeiled helpful information. But when things start to
happen, I've often found myself trying really hard to think of all those places
I'd passed by in my travels which provided wide-open viewing. I could
never remember. I could remember what the places looked like,
but I could never remember WHERE they were when I neded to - because there were
so many for one; and, to be quite honest, because while in the course of normal
travels, you just never think about those lonely places like that while you're
passing them by.
People might be out travelling, visiting friends, or family, and come upon
some storms while they're out. They may find themselves in unfamiliar
territory, not knowing where the closest viewing area is near them at the time.
Using this database, it is hoped that it will save spotters much time in
being able to prepare themselves.
Some of the panoramas could be prettier. I'll work on that in the future. For
now though, the important thing is the horizon offered, and these photos show
that adequately enough.
Todd Sherman, Coordinator
Alachua County SKYWARN
Spotting Locations List
SW 2nd Ave & SW 34th St (SR-121)
N, W, S
Alachua County Spotting Locations Project
Data compiled by Todd L. Sherman.
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